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MORE ABOUT THE DRAGON WORLDS

The Japanese Dragon

TatsuJapanese Dragon

Japanese dragons are known collectively as "Tatsus". They are referred to in the Shinto religion which tells of the Dragon King Ryu-Wo. Ryu-Wo was a guardian of the Shinto faith who lived in a palace under the sea.

Japanese dragons are similar to Chinese ones to which are said to be related. Both are serpentine and usually wingless. Whereas Chinese dragons have five toes, Japanese ones have three. The dragon of Japan also has spines along its back. Like Chinese dragons, those of Japanese tradition are usually wise and beautiful. However there do seem to be more that are indifferent or actually inimical to the affairs of humankind.

Many Japanese dragons, according to legend, have the ability to change size and shape, even becoming invisible at times. This shape-shifting is a common feature of Japanese dragon lore with stories of humans turning into dragons and vice versa.

The Japanese dragon is said to be constantly in conflict with the tiger, their arguments causing storms and quakes.

The Celestial Chinese Dragon

A  Celestial Dragon

 is comparable as the symbol of the Chinese race itself.

Chinese around the world, proudly proclaim themselves "Lung Tik Chuan Ren" (Descendants of the Dragon). Dragons are referred to as the divine mythical creature that brings with it ultimate abundance, prosperity and good fortune.

As the emblem of the Emperor and the Imperial command, the legend of the Chinese Dragon permeates the ancient Chinese civilization and shaped their culture until today. Its benevolence signifies greatness, goodness and blessings.

The Chinese Dragon, or Lung , symbolizes power and excellence, valiant and bold, heroism and perseverance, nobility and divinity. A dragon overcomes obstacles until success is his. He is energetic, decisive, optimistic, intelligent and ambitious.

Unlike the negative energies associated with Western Dragons, most Eastern Dragons are beautiful, friendly, and wise. They are the angels of the Orient. Instead of being hated, they are loved and worshipped. Temples and shrines have been built to honor them, for they control the rain, rivers, lakes, and seas. Many Chinese cities have pagodas where people used to burn incense and pray to dragons. Lung Tik Chuan Ren

The Black Dragon Pool Chapel, near Peking, was reserved for the Empress and her court.

Special worship services took place there on the first and fifteenth of every month. Dragon shrines and altars can still be seen in many parts of the Far East. They are usually along seashores and riverbanks, because most Eastern Dragons live in water.

The Isle of the Temple, in Japan's Inland Sea, has become a famous stopover for pilgrims who meditate and pray to dragons. Both male and female dragons have mated with humans.

Their descendants became great rulers. The Japanese Emperor Hirohito traced his ancestry back 125 generations to Princess Fruitful Jewel, daughter of a Dragon King of the Sea. Emperors in many Asian countries claimed to have dragon ancestors. This made them so proud, that everything they used was decorated with dragons and described in terms of the dragon: dragon-throne, dragon-robe, dragon-bed, dragon-boat. Calling an emperor "dragon-face" was a supreme compliment. People believed that rulers could change themselves into dragons. For hundreds of years, Japanese emperors sat concealed behind bamboo curtains whenever visitors came. Anyone who dared to peek was condemned to death.

The Black Dragon PoolEverything connected with Eastern Dragons is blessed.

The Year of the Dragon, which takes place ever twelve years, is lucky. Present-day Oriental astrologers claim that children born during Dragon Years enjoy health, wealth, and long life.

Dragons are so wise that they have been royal advisor's. A thirteenth-century Cambodian king spent his nights in a golden tower, where he consulted with the real ruler of the land a nine-headed dragon.

Eastern Dragons are vain, even though they are wise. They are insulted when a ruler doesn't follow their advice, or when people do not honour their importance. Then, by thrashing about, dragons either stop making rain and cause water shortages, or they breathe black clouds that bring storms and floods. Small dragons do minor mischief, such as making roofs leak, or causing rice to be sticky. People set off firecrackers and carry immense paper dragons in special parades. They also race dragon-shaped boats in water all to please and appease their dragons.

The Dragon brings upon the essence of life, in the form of its celestial breath, known to many as Cheng chi. He yields life and bestows its power in the form of the seasons, bringing water from rain, warmth from the sunshine, wind from the seas and soil from the Earth. Princess Fruitful Jewel

The Dragon is the ultimate representation of the forces of Mother Nature, the greatest divine force on Earth.

The Chinese Dragon is often seen as the symbol of divine protection and vigilance. It is regarded as the Supreme Being amongst all creatures. It has the ability to live in the seas, fly up the heavens and coiled up in the land in the form of mountains. Being the divine mythical animal, the Dragon can ward off wandering evil spirits, protect the innocent and bestow safety to all that hold his emblem. The Chinese Dragon is look upon as the ultimate symbol of Good Fortune.


Year of the Dragon - Personality Traits:Wood Dragon

The Dragon person is self confident and impulsive and consequently does not always listen to the advice of others. He is also a perfectionist and he sets high standards for himself. Although strong and decisive the Dragon is not manipulative or sly. He refuses to deceive or compromise and fails to spot subversive intent. He enjoys being in command and like an emperor holding court he eliminates obstacles until success is his.

WOOD DRAGON:

The Wood Dragon is creative, imaginative, and inquisitive. He is both a thinker and a doer and is capable of brilliant new concepts. His every move is guided by sound logic. His drive and ambition allow him to put many of his ideas into practice, nevertheless this Dragon is capable of concealing his domination and tries not to offend. He will even compromise if it is advantages. Although not as self-centred as other Dragons, he is still outspoken and fearless when challenged.


 Fire Dragon

FIRE DRAGON:

The Fire Dragon is the most extroverted and competitive Dragon. He tends to push too hard and expects a lot from everyone. His criticisms are objective and he has the ability to arouse massive popular support. His insatiable ambition can make him short-tempered and intolerant. He is an empire builder who needs to master his less favourable traits and learn how to communicate more humbly with people as individuals.



EARTH DRAGON: Earth Dragon - Seligor

The Earth Dragon is a quieter, more reflective Dragon, He will be appreciative of other's opinions even if he fails to agree with them. He is reasonable in his approach to problems and his leadership is less dictatorial. He is not given to outbursts of temper, but at the same time demands respect. He knows the value of cooperation and is more diplomatic than the other Dragons. He is ambitious, but his initiatives are less hurried and more carefully thought out.


Metal Dragon

METAL DRAGON:

The Metal Dragon is the most strong-willed Dragon. He is inflexible, unbending and combative. He gives little regard to the feelings of others. This ruthlessness can result in a rapid rise to a position of authority, but often at the cost of destroying important relationships. It is futile to attempt to convince him that certain things are simply undo-able. He will go it alone if he can't gain support. He succeeds because he refuses to accept failure.

Water Dragon


WATER DRAGON:

The Water Dragon is less selfish and opinionated than the other Dragons. He is more inhibited and less power-hungry. He can accept defeat without recriminations. He makes a good negotiator as he knows when, where, and how to apply pressure. He has a tendency to be over-optimistic and needs to learn how to relinquish what is infeasible so that he can concentrate his energies on the most rewarding endeavours.

 


THE DRAGON WORLD



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For centuries and millenia, dragons have been accepted by the Chinese people - loved, revered, but most of all respected for their awesome wisdom and power. They controlled the waters and rain, they helped with fertility, and their justice is swift. It's here, too that you'll find that dragons aren't always a menace and it's a relief to see that after coming from the West where dragons are slain left and right in the name of politics.



Lei Chen-Tzu / Lei Jen Zu
  • Dragon form of a supernatural hero
  • Said to have hatched with a thunderclap from Lei's Egg and was adopted by Wen Wang, the God of Literature.
  • Not born a dragon
  • Heros
One day Lei Chen-Tzu found out that Wen Wang had been taken prisoner. His father, the Thunder Dragon Lei, gave him 2 apricots that turned him into a huge, green dragon with wings, "boar's head and tusks, long pointed snout, and shining eyes" As thus, he rescued his adoptive father.

History: Lei Jen Zu was the son of Lei, the Thunder Dragon. He was said to be born from an egg by a thunderclap from his father, although he was not born a dragon. The god of literature, Wen Wang, adopted him and cared for him.

As a hero, Lei Jen Zu had many adventures. One of them was the rescue of his adoptive father, who had been taken prisoner. The Thunder Dragon gave Lei Jen Zu two apricots, and he transformed into a dragon after he ate them. In his dragon form, he saved Wen Wang.

Symbolism: Lei Jen Zu can be a symbol of righteousness and heroism.

Physical Description: When he transformed, Lei Jen Zu became a huge green dragon, having wings and a boar's face. In addition, he had tusks, a pointed snout, and beautifully shining eyes.

Black Dragon

Black Dragons are thought to be the most evil. They have deceptive ways and are often out only to meet their own needs. They are known as the Plight of the Land, usually, and are loathed by the people they live near. When you think about it, black dragons are like undead dragons, they are considered evil because of the color.

Black is known as a color of evil because it represents night, and in the night you can not see. So, it is clear why black dragons get such a bad reputation. I have not read a story about a good black dragon just yet, but there are some in Pern...rare, though.

For the Dragons of the East, black is a chaotic color. Black Eastern Dragons are said to cause lightning storms when they fight. They are also said to be symbols of the North.

Blue Dragon

The Blue Dragon is a sullen, cold color that often is associated with the water or ice. Most blue dragons are calm and peaceful, unless they are sea serpents. Sea serpents are said to be mean and overbearing to any and all ships, so they are normally bad tempered and spiteful. 

Ice blue dragons usually live in cold places and hibernate the whole time. They especially like hoarding things and are often overprotective of their items. Ice dragons are seldom told of, however, as most dragons live in warm places.

Eastern Dragons are of the purest azure colors. They are a symbol of the East, and are pacifying and calm.

Bronze Dragon

Bronze dragons are rarer than others because they are metallic, like silver dragons. Copper and other brown-golden tones are generally classified as bronze as well. As a metallic color, these dragons enjoy hoarding items that are shiny like them, namely gold and treasure.


Brown Dragon

Brown is a very common dragon colour, much like green. Brown is the color of dirt and earth, and it associated with the ground and caverns. Unlike green, brown is not often a color of reptiles, although many dinosaur replicas are fashioned with brown skins instead of green.

Brown dragons are known for hoarding skills, but they also are known to roam from cavern to cavern instead of living in a single cave.

Gold Dragon

Gold dragons are revered as kings and queens of dragons in most stories. Others hold them as greedy hoarders that will settle for nothing less than gold and gems. When they are kings and queens, they are often good ones, and are fair and proportionate to all dragons.

However, golden dragons are also a symbol of wealth and prosperity. Much like their other metallic counterparts, they hoard treasure and enjoy shiny objects.

Green Dragon

SeligorGreen is an earthly color. Thus, the green dragon is often associated with the world, vegetation, and nature. Some people believe that some green dragons spew acid instead of fire or ice. Also, most green dragons can command forces of nature.

Forces of nature include things like growth, earthquakes, and fluxes in the landscape. Lore is another thing that people have attributed to green dragons; they attract people with earthly tidings and such wondrous things. However, green dragons are often thought of as creatures that gobble up humans.

Many dragons in mythology are green because many reptiles and serpents are green, and dragons are related to them.


Purple Dragon

The color purple has been a symbol of royalty for a long time, possibly because the pigment

In modern artwork, many dragons are purple, but a lot of them are blue with purple undercolors. It is likely, therefore, that they would retain much of the color significance of blue dragons.

Rainbow Serpents/Dragon

Although rainbow dragons are said to be quite rare, there are many stories involving dragons of multiple colors. The most famous and wide-spread of all these dragons is Rainbow Serpent, found in various mythologies.

The Rainbow Serpent is generally connected with water, since the rainbow is seen after a rainstorm. The rainbow is a symbol of rebirth, life, and death because water is both a life-giving and a life-taking source.

While few dragons are rainbow-colored, multiple dragons are connected with causing the rainbow, usually by reflecting light off of their scales.

Red Dragon

Red, as a symbolic color, has various connotations. It is the color of passion, love, anger, blood, and fire. Bad temperament and unpredictability are both associated with the color red. Red dragons, therefore, can vary from being symbols of love and passion to symbols of fire, anger, and bloodshed.

Many dragons in mythology are red, and many of them that are in poems are red, too. Red dragons seem ferocious and dangerous, which adds to their terror and the valor of a knight who dares attack one.

For Eastern Dragons, Red is the color of chaotic storms. The Red dragons are a symbol of the West, and they cause storms when they fight in the night.

Silver Dragon

Silver dragons are thought to be very reflective and thoughtful. However, silver dragons are after extremely hoarding and are too occupied with taking and guarding their materials than to share their insight with other dragons. Silver dragons like shiny object of any kind, but especially mirrors.

Another factor of silver dragons is that they seldom leave their cave. They almost always hibernate and hide, probably because they stand out so much in nature. Metallic dragons are often depicted as cyborgs in modern artwork.


White Dragon

White dragons are among the wisest dragons there are. Perhaps because they are associated with the light and righteousness. Though white dragons are considered wise, most stories tell them as evil as well, because they never tell the whole truth.

White, for the East, is also a symbol of mourning. White Eastern dragons are said to be an omen of death. Which, mind you, the Chinese did not deem evil. They were symbols of the South.


Yellow Dragon

Yellow dragons are similar to gold dragons, although they are slightly more common. Like purple, yellow is generally a more common undercolor than a total color for a dragon. Yellow is a symbol of sunshine, health, and wellness.

For the Eastern Dragons, Yellow dragons were the most revered and well-thought of. However, they were secluded and were only seen at "the perfect time".

 

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The Dragon's Nine Sons

  Very strange names don't you think?




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1.Haoxian A reckless and adventurous dragon whose image can be found decorating the eaves of palaces.





2.Yazi Valiant and bellicose; his image is seen on sword-hilts and knife hilts.



3.Chiwen Chiwen likes to gaze into the distance and his appearance is often carved on pinnacles.



4.Baxia Baxia is a good swimmer and his image decorates many bridge piers and archways.




5.Pulao Pulao is fond of roaring and his figure is carved on bells.




6.Bixi Bixi is an excellent pack-animal whose image appears on panniers.




7.Qiuniu Qiuniu loves music and his figure is a common decoration on the bridge of stringed musical instruments.





8.Suanmi Suanmi is fond of smoke and fire; his likeness can be seen on the legs of incense-burners.






9.Jiaotu Jiaotu is as tight-lipped as a mussel or a snail. His image is carved on doors.

HEY, I JUST FOUND A FEW MORE DRAGONS

Thanks to Malcolm Tang for letting me use them

Do Dragons Exist?

If they don't exist, then how did they end up in different cultures all across the world? Unless everyone had observed the same thing, or else dragons would only be a minute part of a certain civilization.

Cultures and civilizations all across the globe are separated by distance and time. They are uniquely defined in terms of knowledge, philosophy and fate. Some went extinct; some invented the compass; some created paper. Yet all of them have one thing in common; the existence of a ferocious, fire-spitting, huge serpent-like creature, and with its wing(or no wing) it could soar thousands of miles, spreading fear into the communities below.

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Assimilation of culture is limited to certain civilizations, perhaps connected via trade or exploration.
For example the Indian and the Chinese were connected via trade, and as a result Buddhism was brought to China.
But lets not forget that the Greeks and Eastern Europeans also have their own version of dragon which is almost identical to the dragons of India and China, and they had never crossed the vast Steppe and stepped into China.





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In Europe, dragon is the symbol of fear and evil. No one wishes to see a dragon, lest get devoured alive.
Kings and the nobles favored the slaying of dragon, even when the dragon is not destroying villages and towns.
Stories of dragon slayers were popularized and heroes were hailed as saviors. In the bible, the dragon is the symbol of the Devil himself.
This concept was made eminent by the Catholic Church during the Dark Ages, in their endeavors to manipulate the people around them to be dependent on God.


India
In India, however, the dragon, called Naga is regarded as god. This is the same word incorporated into the Malay Language. The Indian merchants brought their culture with them when they came trading at the Malayan Archipelago centuries ago, leaving an everlasting impact within the communities of this region. The ancient kingdom of Lembah Bujang, Srivijaya, and Majapahit were all under their influence, worshipping Hindu deities and incorporated the term "Raja" which means "King".

dragon Naga and Garuda engaging in a war

Ancient Indian myth tells of stories about how Naga came about. From the Indian epic Mahabharata, it is said that Naga was born the cousin of Garuda the giant eagle.
Eventually they became enemy due to certain dispute and Garuda vowed to treat Naga as food. That explains why eagles eat snakes. And that also shows that Naga is in fact the King Cobra.



Vishnu

Vishnu, one of the gods of the Hindu Trinity, finds shelter under the hood of a King Cobra. That elevates the status of Naga to that of a god.







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China
In China, the dragon is also regarded as a symbol of power, wealth and prosperity.
The king of the sea, "Hai Long Wang" is a man with the face of a dragon. His army is made up of creatures of the sea, and he lives thousands of feet under the sea within the serenity of his palace.
He dictates the changing of weather and water, and being a god he is often portrayed as selfish and inconsistent.
Another version of the Chinese dragon is the Chinese Fireball Dragon. According to some sources the female fireball dragon is larger in size than the male. It lays eggs that are crimson in color and have specks of gold scattered all over their surface. The legend that surrounds the story of the Chinese fireball dragon tells us that the shells of the eggs of the dragon are desperately sought after by wizards.
The fireball dragon feeds on mammals and its favorite items on the menu are big and juicy pigs and human beings.
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Greece
Even the learned Greeks admit the existence of dragon.
Ladon was the serpent-like dragon that twined round the tree in the Garden of the Hesperides and guarded the golden apples. Ladon was also said to have as many as one hundred heads. He was overcome and slain by Heracles.


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The Lernaean Hydra

The Lernaean Hydra was a dragon-like water serpent with fatally venomous breath, blood and fangs, a daughter of Typhon and Echidna.

The creature was said to have anywhere between five and 100 heads, although most sources put the number somewhere between seven and nine.
For each head cut off, one or two more grew back in its place.


Dragon

Egypt

The dragon of Egypt is called Apep, the dragon of chaos. Apep was also known as Apophis, Aaapef and Rerek.
Some people, however, preferred this serpent-like dragon to remain Nameless.


Dragon of Darkness and Chaos, Apep. Picture:susanneiles.com

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Mesoamerican Civilization
More amazing facts await you across the Atlantic Ocean. The Mesoamerican civilization, separated from the rest of the world, also have their version of dragon.
"Also known as the Earth Monster, the Olmec Dragon has flame eyebrows, a bulbous nose, and bifurcated tongue. When viewed from the front, the Olmec Dragon has trough-shaped eyes; when viewed in profile, the eyes are L-shaped. Fangs are prominent, often rendered as an upside-down U-shaped bracket."

Again we could a common trend within all these cultures; they claim the existence of a giant serpent-like creature, ferocious and brutal

If dragon do not exist, what makes these people believe that it does I wonder?


Dragon Inn Web Site
The Vietnamese Dragons

First I would like to say a big thankyou to the above web site for this small insight. I am so pleased to Google for showing the Images that led me to them. Thank you both. I wish I could find more Welsh Dragon Tales to share with the world, but alas they are few and far between.

The Dragons of Vietnam

The Vietnamese Dragon is commonly called Con Rong, or Con Long which is more literary. It makes part of the four animals with supernatural power [Tu Linh] and occupies the top place. It is frequently used in Vietnamese art.

Vietnam Nguyen

The union of the Dragon king Lac Long Quan coming from the Waters and of the fairy Au Co of terrestrial origins brought forth one hundred robust sons. Later, when the couple separated, fifty of them followed their father Dragon toward the lower coastal regions and founded the first Vietnamese nation named Van Lang. The other fifty followed their terrestrial mother toward the high plains to give birth later to a complex ethnic microcosm.

Ha Long Bay

According to a Vietnamese legend, it was thanks to the return of a benefactor dragon that barbaric hordes coming from the North retreated. Upon contact with the sea, its fire-spitting tongues turned into a multitude of small islands and reefs with extravagant forms. That is why this bay is known in Vietnamese as "Ha Long" [Descending Dragon]. It is a marvellous natural site most visited by foreign tourists when they land in Vietnam.

Halong Bay

Mekong Delta

The Mekong delta is related to the dragon as well. This river born in the foothills of the Himalayas [Tibet] divides into nine branches or nine dragons to throw itself in the golf of Cochinchina. That is why this region is called Cuu Long [Nine Dragons].

Vietnamese Water Puppetry

Vietnamese Water Puppetry

Vietnamese water puppetry has a long history. Vietnamese water puppetry is an age-old typical and traditional art, closely bound to rural culture and agricultural civilization of Vietnamese peasants.

Water Puppetry

Vietnamese dragon boat water puppet. Racing Dragon Boat is a popular activity for the new year celebration in Vietnam.

Beautiful Water Puppetry from Vietnam

In water-puppet shows there is an effective combination of the visual effects provided by fire, water, and the movements of the puppets. Under the surface of the water is concealed the whole control system of the show. Calm and serene when fairy figures appear on it to sing and dance, it is agitated by stormy waves in scenes of battle with the arrival of fire-spitting dragons.

Set in Stone

Vietnamese Dragon Dance

At a Tet (Vietnamese Lunar New Year) Festival, children who perform in the dragon dance are traditionally called the "heavenly dogs," and the envelopes of "lucky money" they collect are symbolic offerings. The dragon dance, a vital part of Vietnamese culture, is performed in several festivals, particularly the Tet celebration. The dragon symbolizes blessing and prosperity, and the dance is performed to expel devils and to bring good luck.

Dragon Dance


How some Dragons are mentioned in Vietnam Literature.

Some proverbs and sayings mention dragons but imply something else:

"Rong gap may": "Dragon meets clouds" – In favourable condition.

"Dau rong duoi tom": "Dragon's head, shrimp's tail" – Good at first and bad at last; something which starts well but ends badly.

"Phuong mua rong bay": "Phoenix dances, dragon flies" – Used to praise the calligraphy of someone who writes Chinese ideograms well.

"Rong den nha tom": "Dragon visits shrimp's house" – A saying used by a host to (or of) his guest: the host portrays himself as a humble shrimp and his guest as a noble dragon.

"An nhu rong cuon, noi nhu rong leo, lam nhu meo mua":

"Eating as dragon scrolls, talking as dragon climbs, working as cat vomits" –

A criticism of someone who eats too much and talks a lot, but is lazy.





Shennong, the king of the seas

by Marisa E. Martínez Pérsico

The legend of the grandson of Shennong, the sea dragon king, affirms that he was married with a fairy and had one hundred children.

Shennong, vietnamese dragon The first-born of this marriage became the king of the First Dynasty of Vietnam; he later proclaimed himself emperor. This story is the origin of the old Vietnamese proverb “dragon children, fairy progeny”.

Vietnamese people consider themselves to be descendants of valiant dragons.

Emperor Hùng was the one who taught citizens to tattoo themselves with dragon images in their chests, abdomens and thighs. It was an amulet of protection and seasoned spiritual strength.

ITS OUTER ASPECT

The physical appearance of a Vietnamese dragon was an image combination of a crocodile, a serpent, a lizard and a bird.

The adoration of the crocodile is explained because, historically, the Vietnamese inhabitants always lived near rivers. So, they learned to venerate this sacred animal.

At archaeological excavations, experts found objects that combined images of dragons with real animals: crocodile-dragon, crocodile-serpent and dragon-cat statues and pottery.

The thin dragons represented the king and became part of the Vietnamese Literature quickly. They had slightly winding bodies which ended sharply in a small tail.

The body of the Vietnamese dragon was segmented in twelve sections that represented the twelve months of the year.

In addition, the Vietnamese dragons have fins, beard, prominent eyes and some of them had large horns. The legs are small and thin.

Finally, these fabulous animals have the capacity to change the weather and are responsible for the harvests' quality.



The Vietnamese Dragon
by Marisa E. Martínez Pérsico

      In Vietnam, the dragon is considered the most important and sacred symbol of this Eastern ethnic group, from remote times to the present time.

Vietnamese DragonAccording to the old myth of the creation of the Kinh people, all the Vietnamese citizens descend from a dragon. For them, the dragon is a fantastic animal that governs the rain. For that reason, when one is blessed by a dragon, one succeeds in agriculture.

The fabulous dragon is a symbol that represents the king, the prosperity and the energy of the Vietnamese nation. Like the Chinese dragon, the Vietnamese is the symbol of the Yang. It represents the universe, the life, the existence and the growth.

DRAGONS AND DYNASTIES

During the dynasty of Tran (1225-1400), the dragons had a similar aspect to those of the previous dynasty of Ly.

Nevertheless, it is possible to emphasize some different details: its tail is shorter; its body is slightly fatter. The Vietnamese dragon can be represented with different types of tails.

The Tran dragon symbolized the martial arts, because the Tran Kings were descendants of a Mandarin commander.

Since the Vietnamese people had to fight against the invasions of the Mongols, the image of the dragon was influenced by the Chinese dragon, thanks to the reach of Confucianism inthese lands.

Later they are represented in legends in a very majestic way: Vietnamese dragons begin to portray lion heads and a great nose.

THE DECAY OF THE ART

During the dynasty of Nguyen (1802-1883), the dragon began to be imagined with a spiral tail, one fiery fin, and great claws.

In time, the image of this animal went degenerating, until it lost its majestic form.

For many, such change must be considered as a signal of the artistic declination suffered by the following Vietnamese dynasty.


Vietnamese Dragon King

               The story tells of a kind man named Slowcoach, he befriendsed  a little animal called a Cibet. They became great friends, but Slowcoach had a brother who wasn't very nice and when he saw how happy Slowcoach and his new friend were, so in temper he killed Cibet.  Poor Slowcoach was broken hearted and he took it upon himself to bury Cibet at the bottom of a great tree.
It so happened that whenever Slowcoach went to visit the tree to pray, silver pieces rained down upon him. Of course it wasn't long before his mean brother saw what was going on and he decided to pray at the tree but only mud fell down upon him and he destroyed the great tree by cutting it down.
Slowcoach did not want the memory of Cibet to be lost forever, so he took  pieces of the
wood, and made a pig’s trough, which his brother also destroyed.
Finally, Slowcoach made a fish hook, but when the hook touched the water, the lake began to rise, nearly killing him, and in the flood he lost both the rod and his hook.
He sat on the bank of the lake waiting for the water to recede. Can you imagine his amazement when a beautiful maiden appeared, claiming to be the daughter of the Dragon King.
        She told him that the Dragon King had got Slowcoach's hook caught in his mouth and that he very much wanted it removed. Of course Slowcoach agreed to help the Dragon King, and the maiden created a bubble which carried Slowcoach to the bottom of the lake.
Gently, he removed the hook from the mouth of the Dragon King, and in return, was given a jug which contained a beautiful blue fish to take back home.
Slowcoach thanked the Dragon King and he took his gift back to land, where he said good-bye to the beautiful maiden.
A few days passed andf Slowcoach realised that something very strange was happening in his house. He found the whenever he left his cottage, and returned, the house was sparkling clean from top to bottom.
 So one day Slowcoach pretended to leave, but instead of leaving he sneaked round to a window to see what was happening. What a surprise he got when the blue fish leapt from the bowl and as it touched the floor in turned into the maiden of the sea.
Without thinking he ran back into the house and smashed the blue jug hoping against hope that it might keep her there with him. He begged her to stay and she agreed, but told him that he must make her some bones first, as she was only a fish. He set about making them straight away and she, the Dragon King’s daughter became his wife.
      But nothing escaped Slowcoach’s evil brother who soon found out about the Dragon King's Daughter and he was away down to the lake to try and get himself a wife  too.

    And what happened to him do you think, oh yes he dived into the lake but instead of getting himself a wife, the Dragon King having knowledge of the wickedness in this brother, turned him into a fish, and as far as I know he is still there, swimming round the lake day after day..




Kavango és Caprivi régiókban előforduló éjszakai ragadozó a cibetmacska (Civettictis civetta) ez a 10-12 kg súlyú éjszakai ragadozó, amely a pókoktól és termeszektől a békákon és halakon át a kisebb antilopborjakig mindent zsákmányol, de a vadgyümölcsöket sem veti meg. A végbélváladékként képződő “cibet” hatóanyagát a gyógyszer- és parfümipar már évszázadok óta ismeri és használja.

 
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Chang Er flying to the Moon

Cheng Er flying to the Moon.

The legend Chang Er Flying to the Moon is a beautiful fable of ancient China. Chang Er was the wife of the legendary hero Hou Yi, a great archer who accomplished great achievements by shooting down nine extra suns. The hero was rewarded with a kind of elixir for his deed, which was then eaten by his wife by stealth. Chang Er rose up to the sky immediately after that and lived on the moon ever since. The moon is also called "Moon Palace" by the Chinese to describe the abode of Chang Er. It is said that she regretted for what she had done soon after she flied to the moon. Many poets in ancient China cited the subject in their poems, in order to deliver Chang Er's loneliness, chillness and solitude in the moon palace.

In China, Chang Er is a synonym for the moon, and the Chinese nation has always had a special emotion towards the moon derived by the associations of fair Chang Er, which has even influenced the nation in all aspects. When getting to know what happened to Chang Er, common people of that time put their incense burner tables under the moon and prayed for luck and safety to the kind lady. Thereby, the custom of worshiping the moon on the Mid-Autumn Festival caught on among folks.

Later, other legends about the moon, such as Wu Gang Chopping the Laurel Tree and Moon Rabbit Grinding Medicine were created, draping the moon with a mysterious veil once more. Moreover, people are also fond of making interesting patterns of these tales on moon cakes.


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Due to the health of my mother in law I have not got the time to spend on the computer and writing my books. So for the present and unforseeable future, I have had to close the site down. As the Dragon Lords was the least viewed it of course became the easy choice. All my Dragons plus facts etc will brought over to this site at Dodie Dream World. There will be nothing but the homepage open with this message left on till times different. News, pics and updates.
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